The Hungarian authorities will allow Romanian citizens headed home from the Austrian border to transit Hungary between March 17, 21:00 hrs and March 18, 5:00 hrs Hungary time; they can return to Romania on the routes indicated by the Hungarian authorities and will be directed to four border checkpoints to enter Romania, specifically Nadlac1, Nadlac 2, Bors and Cenad, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a release.
This is a one-off measure allowing travellers to transit Hungary from Austria in order to return to Romania only in this time window.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry calls on the Romanian citizens to show calm and responsibility, to carefully follow the instructions of the Hungarian authorities and traffic rules so that they make a safe return to the country.
In a phone call this Tuesday, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu asked his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto to create an emergency humanitarian corridor to allow the continuous transit through Hungary to Romania of all the Romanian citizens who were left stuck at Hungary’s border with Austria.
The discussion of the two ministers occurred as Hungary decided to close its borders to human traffic as of March 17 at midnight; in absence of a prior official notification, this caused blockages at the border between Austria and Hungary in the direction of Hungary, the Foreign Ministry said.
In this context and amid multiple signals received from the Romanian citizens headed home from several European states who were left stuck at the Nickelsdorf border point, Minister Bogdan Aurescu signaled the humanitarian situation generated by the presence of a considerable number of families with children and elder persons and asked the Hungarian authorities to allow them to transit the Hungarian territory.
Ten lanes opened at Nadlac II Border Crossing Point to receive convoy of Romanians stuck in Austria
The authorities are using the maximum capacity of the Nadlac II Border Crossing Point in order to receive the convoy of thousands of Romanians who arrived in the country during the night, after they had been stuck in Austria due to the closing of the borders of Hungary.
On Wednesday morning, the border crossing point was open with ten lanes in order to check Romanians but, despite the measures, the wait time to cross the border was over 180 minutes, according to the online monitoring app for wait times on the website of the Border Police.
The Border Police announced, during the night, that it had tripled the number of personnel involved in border control at the Nadlac II border crossing point.
The first groups of Romanians arrived to the largest border crossing point on the western border around 2:00 AM, after having transited Hungary in a special corridor approved by the authorities in Budapest. Most of those arriving were Romanians, but also Bulgarian citizens transiting towards their country, all being taken over at the border by the authorities for epidemiologic triage.
The Romanians, accompanied by tens of gendarmes and policemen, are being sent to the counties where they reside, in order to enter self-isolation for 14 days or in quarantine. Part of them will remain in quarantine centers in Arad County.
According to the authorities, no incidents were reported at the Nadlac II Border Crossing Point during the night.
Approximately 2,500 persons enter Romania, in a few hours, through Nadlac II border crossing point
Approximately 2,500 persons in the convoy that crossed Hungary on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday already entered the country, a few hours since arriving in the Nadlac II Border Crossing Point, the Border Police announced in a press release.
According to the quoted source, the convoy reached the border around 2:00 hrs, being formed of hundreds of vehicles with Romanian and foreign citizens.
“We mention that, in the past hours, the formalities for entering the country were done for 2,500 persons and approximately 700 vehicles. Border policemen conducted the specific controls for entering the country and, after that, the persons were received by the representatives of the Public Health Directorate to complete the affidavits and for epidemiological control. After the conclusion of formalities and the establishment of measures disposed by the medical personnel at the border crossing, the vehicles were joined by police and gendarme crews to be led to the locations established for quarantine or for self-isolation,” the quoted source mentions.
The representatives of the Border Police also mention they have tripled the personnel involved in controls at Nadlac II, so that the formalities be concluded swiftly. Approximately 50 border policemen worked around the clock, 10 lanes being opened on the entry to Romania direction.
Presently, at Nadlac II is continuing checks for those in the convoy, and the wait time for crossing the border is at least 3 hours, according to information published on the Border Police website.